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  • Very cool!

  • T

    When is Petworth getting banners?

  • They are fine – neither here nor there for me.

  • Since it’s NoMa, I can only assume the silhouetted biker is riding on a sidewalk.

  • That’s some fine-looking clip-art they picked out there.

  • The banners are fine. The term NoMa is still the Stupidest Thing Going.

    • +one million. the worst part about it is that it’s actually catching on. do i need to start a campaign for this not to catch on before it’s too late? don’t get me wrong, i love noma. ack. i just typed it.

      • totally agree with this comment. I moved up here from Atlanta couple years ago and they were doing the same thing… calling areas of the city “SoNo”… just stupid. BTW… did you see that metro is going to rename the NY Ave stop “NoMa”? Wonder how many millions they had to spend to lobby for that change? Kinda solidifies the “brand” that they were going for huh?


    • i think CoHi is far more annoying that NoMa

      • AdMo is the worst fake neighborhood name in the DMV. Worse than FloRhIde and SoWWat put together.

      • I agree completely. “NoMa” at least fits within the naming convention that created “SoHo”. By contrast, “CoHi” already has a actual neighborhood name: Columbia Heights. In any event, were we to follow the “SoHo” and” NoMa” naming convention, Columbia Heights would be called something like “NoFla” since Florida Avenue forms most of its southern boundary. I die a little inside whenever I hear people say “CoHi” or “AdMo”.

    • It sounds to me like someone yelling, “No, Ma!” to their mother.

  • Hmm, kinda 90s, can’t read them, and they don’t say anything about the neighborhood. but heck, I like the size/shape of them.

  • Agreed – I have no idea *where* this is located. When I see Noma I either think: A) Oh, they meant NOVA or B) Northern Maryland? not C)Northern Massachusetts – it is northern Massachusetts right?

  • As a NoMA resident, I like them. They only got put in over the last week. They give a sense of where the neighborhood is and add cohesion to the area. I think they’re nice.

  • I agree with the last post. It gives a great sense of cohesiveness to the place. This area is really about to to start jumping! It seems that a new crane is erected every week, and I’m excited to see what it’ll look like in a year or two.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I don’t like them, but then I never like banners like this. I find them ugly.

  • stop trying DC… this whole Soho thing is OLD…. NOMA is the National Organziation of Black Architects…. Please, let’s just call this Northwest

    • Sorry dude – this is on a blog where people say CoHi… because they want to rebrand columbia heights. Or AdMo… because the history of Adams Morgan (or Adams-Morgan) is too much to learn and love.

      Keep on fighting the fight… but anything vaguely NYC-like will be a hit with this crowd.

      • Why does NYC get all the credit with shortened neighborhood names? Were they the first? There’s LoDo in Denver (which, I get it, is newer than SoHo/TriBeCa). NYers roll their eyes at this too though; sure, DUMBO’s cute, but NoLita and BoCoCa???

        • I can’t say for certain (I am not researching this), but AFAIK, NYC was the first to use this naming convention in the 1970’s, first with SoHo and then with TriBeCa.

          It is a NY thing.

  • Nondescript banners are a perfect symbol for a made-up neighborhood.

  • Nice, but nothing as cool as everything in the great upper nw.

  • This is such a dumb argument. You know, Washington DC wasn’t ALWAYS called Washington DC, it used to be called “that guys farm land” and a “swamp”. Until those white gentrifiers came in and started building their houses and their government buildings and started attaching a name to everything.

    If you don’t like made up neighborhood names, please call anything south of Constitution and West of the Capitol the Swamp, anything north of Constitution “the Farm” and anything north of Florida “the suburbs”.

    • “The city of Washington was built on a stagnant swamp some 200 years ago, and very little has changed. It stank then, and it stinks now. Only today, it is the fetid stench of corruption that hangs in the air.”

      -Lisa Simpson

  • Oh come on, didn’t this ship sail a long long time ago? It’s too late, it’s done, it’s NoMa and that’s that – once it’s a subway station, it exists (like Gallery Place).
    And don’t worry about NYC either, since their SoHo was a tortured attempt to connect to its big sister, London.
    Can’t we all just save our energy for arguments that matter – Like Reagan National Airport?

  • On a purely aesthetic standpoint (with no comment about the neighborhood) I like the shape and the colors, and the typeface they chose, but the images and patterns are iffy

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